After 20 years as a professional photojournalist, during which he garnered two Pulitzer Prize nominations—one for covering the MOVE disaster and another for a story on pediatric AIDS—Bruce Johnson settled into the woods of Raleigh with his two sons and opened a photography studio. He has now added a decade of family and individual portraiture to his wealth of experience, which has also included photographing everything from fashion to political figures. Johnson’s mastery of the art is apparent as he captures natural expressions and unique interpersonal dynamics, preserving children’s laughter and high-school graduates’ confident grins for future generations to study from the comfort of their moon bungalows.
The professional and courteous handymen at Mr. Do It All live up to their jacks-of-all-trades reputations by offering maintenance services ranging from painting and power washing to installing flooring and cabinets. Upon recognizing that it might be time for some new siding or kitchen sinks whose faucets dispense only chocolate milk, homeowners can call the handyman hotline at any time of the day to arrange for free estimates. Service shoppers can also peruse the photo gallery of the outfit’s past projects for glimpses of the team’s handiwork.
Director Mary-Taylor Land has walked the stage in several shoes. From learning as a student and pirouetting as a performer, she went on to judge and teach routines. Away from the theater, she researched dance through different technical lenses, bringing her expertise to seminars for both the artistic and medical communities. The breadth of her knowledge enabled her to find seasoned instructors for her studio, all of whom have received college and professional training.
Today, she and her team strive to instill passion and discipline for the practice of dance in children of all ages. Beginning with preschool classes such as Mommy and Me, they hone a basic understanding of rhythm so that parents don't have to recite a four-count as they rock their cribs. Their older students can choose styles from a wide curriculum, which covers ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and acro as well as combination lessons. Throughout each class, the teachers devote personal attention to their protégés. They can help to prep youngsters before academy recitals and competitive ensemble auditions, or simply foster a deeper appreciation for grace and art.
With their own three-step treatment that favors dust-free buffing over sanding, CertaGreen’s floor-refurbishing team leaves floors smooth and glossy after one day’s work. In a single session, the team first removes scuffs and scratches with a high-speed buffing machine, before repairing cracks and topping the floor with a fast-drying water-based sealant.
Paws At Play supports pet owners with a variety of services from doggie daycare and cat boarding to pet grooming. During doggie daycare, pets get access to an indoor play gym, multiple outdoor play yards, and a dog pool. Overnight boarders can take advantage of these amenities before hunkering down in one of 38 private suites, which feature a window, adjustable feeding bowls, and raised bedding. The facility also boasts 18 private cat suites where felines can bask in natural sunlight and sway to the sounds of classical music. Separate ventilation systems prevent the smell of canine boarders from stressing out visiting cats.